Learning to portrait a dog

June 20, 2018

In this term, classes have been focused on animals and the happiness and inspiration they bring to us. The most popular and beloved animals are, of course, dogs! The moment I showed these dogs' photos to my older group of students, they dived into the art project enthusiastically! 

These amazing, one of a kind portraits of dogs were done by Elke Vogelsang, a professional photographer. She is a renown expert for dog photography in Germany and worldwide and offers a unique style of studio photography. My students loved her unique point of view and felt an immediate connection to the dogs.

Each students chose a dog. The project was to pick one colour, then mixed it with black or white to create shades and highlights. By simplifying the dog's photograph into shapes, each student created a portrait. With a bit of guidance and a lot of freedom, each kid figured the exercise out that in the end, the result reflected the kids' personality. Some students used dark outlines and bold shapes, while others created the portrait with many shapes, using water colour technics. They definitely enjoyed the project!


I have chosen a few samples to showcase their artwork (below):




After this part was completed, the kids had to create the same portrait with modelling clay. They really enjoyed sculpting the shapes and creating the dog with a different material. 


Below are some samples:


This project was one of their favourite and the kids were very proud and happy with the results. I enjoyed seeing them so pleased. By the end of the term, parents were invited to come and see the whole class' portraits.

"The stories you believe to be true are the ones your life will become"

with love, Jazmin



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